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Calling All First Year Engineering Students: Sign Up for the 2015 Gear-Up!

First year students are able to begin ECS registration after 1.5 semesters (or around spring break). The First Year Gear-Up is a FREE opportunity exclusively for first-year students to get the inside scoop on internship/ co-op preparation and to register with ECS early! Event registration opens November 4th and invitations to participate will be sent via email to all qualifying students. The event has limited spots available—so mark your calendars and sign up early.

This conference-style event takes place on December 4th from 2:30pm-7:30pm. Jumpstart your professional journey by attending three alternating sessions (resumes, interviewing, job search) presented by ECS counselors with representatives from GE providing additional professional perspectives and advice. The Gear-Up is specifically tailored to the internship/ co-op search needs of students early in their academic career and is a MUST for motivated students. Programming materials and dinner will be provided to those applicants selected to attend.

You might be thinking “why register with ECS early? I mean, companies are mainly looking for juniors.” This is not always the case—there are some companies that actively recruit first year and sophomore students for internships and co-ops. In order to take advantage of on campus interviews with companies at ECS you must be registered with our office. We also hold an annual Job Shadow Program (which students sign up for in early February), and registration with ECS is required to participate. So, why is it that finding a co-op or internship is so important anyways? Well, here are some numbers for you:

87% of those with firm plans at graduation had a co-op or internship experience.
Approximately 50% of all students who intern/ co-op accept positions with their employer upon graduation—and EVEN MORE receive offers.

Basically, previous work experience means an increased likelihood of securing full-time employment. The NACE 2015 Internship and Co-op Survey reported that the primary focus of internship and co-op programs is for companies to convert students into full-time and entry level employees. Not just that, but candidates with previous internship and co-op experience earn around 9% higher starting salaries.

ECS is here to provide resources and advice that will make you successful in finding internship/ co-op opportunities. Don’t wait to sign up for our services and begin taking advantage of the strong partnerships we have with a variety of employers during your first year here at OSU.

For inquiries about this event, please contact Ashley Taylor at

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
-Colin Powell 

About the author

Ashley Taylor

Ashley Taylor is a Career Counselor at Engineering Career Services.